[Marxism] How Capitalism Destroys the Young

acpollack2 at juno.com acpollack2 at juno.com
Thu Dec 9 22:03:30 MST 2004


I'll admit that I haven't had the time yet to read all the posts on this subject -- but it would seem so stunningly obvious that capitalism as a global system is responsible for the murder (yes, murder) of the millions of children cited by the UN its report this week; that the historical evidence by Marx, Walter Rodney, Amartya Sen, and on and on, about the purposeful underdevelopment of Africa et al. shows the responsibility of capitalism (Sen might not agree with the theoretical conclusion but his historical facts are weighty evidence for our theory);

and finally and most importantly, based on this obvious link, the importance of building a global movement for world socialism PRECISELY TO SAVE THESE MILLIONS OF INNOCENTS DYING EVERY YEAR should be equally obvious.

For that reason the citation by the UN of Brazil as a model in decreasing hunger is important: 1) because to the extent it's true Lula's government deserves credit; and 2) because to the extent his abandonment of his party's original socialist platform means that millions more who could be saved by socialist governmental action against hunger won't be is more evidence of the need for real socialist parties there and throughout the world.

-- "M. Junaid Alam" <mjunaidalam at msalam.net> wrote:
"

premiss 1: a society exists which ruins children's lives
premiss 2: that society is capitalist
conclusion: capitalist society ruins children's lives "

Actually that was not what was going through my mind. Since this is called 
the Marxism list, I assumed people would already draw the connections between
capital and misery from their own understanding themselves. The reason 
I posted the piece was to show the extent of this misery, in quantified form, on
the future generation, and because the data stands in stark contrast to capitalist claims 
about its viability and desirability as a system.

Neoliberals can and do argue that the solution is more capitalism. But again, what I
did was post an article given certain assumptions about most people on this list, not
as some kind of substitute for an entire exegisis on why neoliberal thinking is wrong.

But you can see for yourself that it is wrong based on the historical data and facts
concering how the advanced countries built up their wealth and how the poorer countries
have stayed poor. On this score I recommend sections of M. Yate's book 'Naming the System',
and M. Shahid Alam's 'A Civilizing Mission: Some Economic Results":
http://counterpunch.org/alam08142004.html


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